Analysis of employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Publisher
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
25 February 2015
Subject(s)
Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The latest estimate of the number of people who are employed on “zero-hours contracts” in their main employment, from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which is a survey of individuals in households, is 697,000 for October to December 2014, representing 2.3% of people in employment. It should be noted that responses to the LFS can be affected by whether or not respondents recognise the term “zero-hours contract”. This figure is higher than that for October to December 2013 (586,000 or 1.9% of people in employment), but it is not possible to say how much of this increase is due to greater recognition of the term “zero-hours contracts” rather than new contracts. People on “zero-hours contracts” are more likely to be women, in full-time education or in young or older age groups when compared with other people in employment. On average, someone on a “zero-hours contract” usually works 25 hours a week. Around a third of people on a “zero-hours contract” want more hours, with most wanting them in their current job.

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